Towards an issues-based 2020 election (46)

===2020 Big Picture===
LA Governor
Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1195913773707603968

Trump had visited Louisiana three times in five weeks to support Republican challenger
Eddie Rispone in the runoff and still, Democrat John Bel Edwards won in a state that
Trump carried in 2016 by nearly 20 percentage points https://t.co/cFOxLSUbwO
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1195923269322465280

Related: https://twitter.com/greenfield64/status/1195910533452451840

Compare / Contrast…
Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman
https://apple.co/2KrsctS

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eIvZKS3VBM

“…’The Democrats are moving left. Will America follow?’ https://t.co/NQFQiflG3q
…America is already there..On most progressive policies, Democrats’ [have] simply moved…
closer to where America was all along.” -@hshierholz @EconomicPolicy
https://twitter.com/jschmittwdc/status/1194996051587092482

Hanauer: Democrats Must Reclaim the Center … by Moving Hard Left
America needs a centrist party that actually represents the economic center,
not just zillionaires like me.
https://politi.co/2OeVyww

CEPR’s new report compares rental housing policies expressed by most of the 2020 presidential candidates & outlines current funding levels of selected federal housing & homelessness programs. https://t.co/edhaq8Vu4h
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1195090337959751686

Just announced…
Green New Deal For Public Housing
https://t.co/eQQ8JUPwSW

“The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act [by @AOC and @BernieSanders], would
use seven grant programs to upgrade housing units into carbon-neutral communities
with organic grocery stores, on-site child care and community gardens.”
https://t.co/3V3Um2Y6TA
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194963978725838848

Infographic: Food Deserts In America
https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america

I learned from @hmcghee that when swimming pools were forced to integrate, many
white politicians drained and closed down the pools altogether – a disturbing metaphor
for what happened to everything “public” since the 1970s, including housing.
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194988808892227584

Seems relevant that the despite all the attacks on Medicare for All the general election fundamentals on health care haven’t changed very much. https://t.co/p3HxTQhEs9
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194102560724070401

It really is amazing the Dems have not made the soaring cost of health insurance under Trump into an issue. https://tinyurl.com/uvp5tak https://t.co/1czNXsI0q2
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194971619485089800

Question: Too busy trying to convince their base that they can’t have single payer insurance?

Related: https://twitter.com/Dallas4Bernie/status/1194996345867780103

Trump has now appointed 1/4th of the Circuit courts. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 86 years old.
Are Democrats running for President going to start talk about this? Or will they continue to refuse to fight for a progressive Court? My latest in @thenation https://t.co/dZ7DQ1iIvv
https://twitter.com/ElieNYC/status/1193893728022339585

Ad: When politicians resort to blaming immigrants, you know they’ve run out of ideas
https://twitter.com/UKLabour/status/1195045327050625031

Baker: Impeachment Is a Kitchen Table Issue
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/impeachment-is-a-kitchen-table-issue

For the folks whining that whistleblower has to testify, and making trial analogies,
there are an awful lot of people who call 911 who don’t testify at the trial
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195031931089371136

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194983324839628800
https://twitter.com/GroundBiff/status/1195106151802650624
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195106689017495552

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy
https://t.co/mMVp1MMv0O

Here’s the thing: If you take massive amounts of money from the health insurance industry and pharma, you are not likely to challenge the power brokers to fix the healthcare system. If U take massive amounts of money from @facebook U R not likely to confront their threat to democracy
https://twitter.com/jljacobson/status/1194454152019152897

If you take massive amounts of campaign donations from big banks and hedge fund
managers and the Wall Street elite, you are not going to protect people from a rapacious
financial industry.
https://twitter.com/jljacobson/status/1194454152719601664

If you take massive amounts of money from fossil fuel and/or coal execs,
you are not going to address the climate catastrophe head on. It’s that simple.
@PeteButtigieg and @JoeBiden are who their donors are. And they are *the* elitists
https://twitter.com/jljacobson/status/1194454153529057280

Ninety-six percent of Democratic voters are happy with their choices and the Dem field writ large. But billionaires and those who work for them see a yawning gap…
https://twitter.com/jljacobson/status/1194030418997252101

First, billionaire Tom Steyer.
Then, even richer billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Today, it’s Deval Patrick, who has worked for:
– Texaco
– Coca-Cola
– Subprime mortgage lender ACC Capital Holdings
– Bain Capital (current) https://t.co/62NBQq4kc3
https://twitter.com/alexkotch/status/1194019320470409217

Deval Patrick, Foreclosure Mogul
How the 2020 Democratic presidential contender
helped a Republican billionaire rip off the middle class.
https://t.co/JQsL2qkD0x

The last time that @DevalPatrick considered a presidential run, he called it off one day
after this @zachdcarter report was published. He may be hoping that you forgot that he
made money helping a GOP billionaire rip off black middle-class folks. I didn’t.
https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/1194049378299678720

We made this to explain how Mitt Romney got rich at Bain Capital, but now that Deval
Patrick wants to be president, it’s worth another look. Here’s Tony Soprano explaining
how Bain makes its money: (video)
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1195001384170639360

Related: https://t.co/0H2yvWtb3x

As Deval Patrick draws comparisons to Obama, some people have amnesia about his
’08 primary campaign. Obama didn’t just run as a “unity” candidate. He also ran as a
populist outsider criticizing Hillary over trade, Iraq, & her ties to corporate America: (video)
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194968886183170048

Deval Patrick says he’ll take Super PAC cash to ‘catch up’
https://t.co/ieB9mlDGct

.@BernieSanders to NBC’s @shaqbrewster: “It’s nothing personal with Bloomberg.
I think the American people are sick and tired of billionaires continuing to have so much
influence over the economic life of this country and the political life of this country.” (video)
https://twitter.com/KasieDC/status/1193722992083316736

Related: https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1194647703504007168
https://t.co/EaLuM1mjbg

Call me radical, but maybe instead of setting ablaze hundreds of millions of dollars
on multiple plutocratic, long-shot, very-late presidential bids, we instead invest hundreds
of millions into winning majorities of state legislatures across the United States?
Just a thought!
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1195069886998953985

===2020 Issues===
See referenced comment (Spanish)
Electric buses in Bogota (Colombia)! Today’s moment of hope
https://twitter.com/KHayhoe/status/1195383321259368454

See chart, rest of thread…
Sneak peak for how 2019 is shaping up compared to climate model projections.
https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin/status/1195427546164350978

Climate is a biodiversity issue. Climate is an agricultural issue. Climate is a race issue. Climate is an immigration issue. Climate is a healthcare issue. Climate is a disability issue. Climate is a human rights issue. Climate is an economic issue.
Climate is everything. (So where’s Congress?)
https://twitter.com/AlexandriaV2005/status/1195088891692253184

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise
https://t.co/hCm8PoAaoh

How the Climate Crisis is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts
A new report from over 100 experts paints a devastating picture of how climate change is already imperiling human health
https://t.co/yLcDoC62FR

Related: https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1196129646087221248

How the Pentagon Thinks About the Climate Crisis
https://t.co/3A4kBMDlbB

Countries have called California’s cap-and-trade program the answer to climate change. But it is just as vulnerable to lobbying as any other legislation. The result: The state’s biggest oil and gas companies have actually polluted more since it started. https://tinyurl.com/tpelmof
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1195303181313544193

Thread
https://twitter.com/lisalsong/status/1195382757532327941

Ranked Choice Voting  ‘Allows You to Vote for the Person You Really Like’
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=8e9a7fe8ce

See map…
More research showing that increasing min wage doesn’t reduce jobs overall. “Fed research suggested higher minimum wages did not cost jobs in border counties. Industry-level analysis and real-life stories back that up” https://t.co/Q1qJyhOQWo
https://twitter.com/TerriGerstein/status/1195061717837000707

Some Of The Worst Racial Disparities Between Blacks & Whites Exist In Midwest, Report Says
https://t.co/voWWrm399h

CBPP Essay: SNAP’s Powerful Effects, Ways to Improve It
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/essay-snaps-powerful-effects-ways-to-improve-it

Related: https://www.cbpp.org/topics/snap-basics
https://neappleseed.org/blog/tag/snap

Tax Policies Fuel Wealth Inequality
https://t.co/FFcABli6KF

Baker rebuts Trump Jr (page up)…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/925524111232815111

Quick thoughts on whether we should have billionaires https://t.co/d3WeUAVbCi
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1196203788366778368

It is striking to see that the calculations of what Jeff Bezos wealth would be today if he had to pay a wealth tax the last two decades
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194227361920643072

A far more interesting calculation would be his wealth if Amazon had been required to
collect sales taxes over the last two decades (including on sales of affiliates,
which it still does not do)
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194227635133411329

If it is not obvious, the point is that there was zero rationale for exempting Amazon and
other Internet retailers from the obligation to collect sales tax. This was hugely important
to its growth and Jeff Bezos’ wealth.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194232731296620546

My latest for @NYTOpinion: Multi-billion dollar fortunes aren’t just excessive or decadent. They’re anti-democratic and will destroy democracy. I explain why here. https://t.co/sq8OZjOvEJ
https://twitter.com/mtomasky/status/1193889462083829760

CBPP: Substantial Income of Wealthy Households Escapes Annual Taxation Or Enjoys Special Tax Breaks
Reform Is Needed
https://tinyurl.com/u9mjkd5

Intro: https://tinyurl.com/qruwwap

CBPP: Taxing High Incomes, Large Fortunes More Effectively; Reform is Needed
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/taxing-high-incomes-large-fortunes-more-effectively

CBPP: Ensuring That Massachusetts Corporations Pay Their Fair Share
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/ensuring-that-massachusetts-corporations-pay-their-fair-share

CBPP: Why the Federal Government Should Support Puerto Rico’s New EITC
https://tinyurl.com/te8fjyx

CBPP Context – JCT Estimates:
Final GOP Tax Bill Skewed to Top, Hurts Many Low- and Middle-Income Americans
https://bit.ly/2QwVCu6

Note: Want revenue? Repeal the GOP tax cut! Don’t play the austerity card, again.

Baker Context: Getting Serious About Debt and Deficits:
The Deficit Hawks Did Enormous Harm to Our Kids
https://bit.ly/35cAhuq

In short, there seems little basis for the deficit hawks’ concerns about debt and deficits. If the Democrats retake Congress, and try to push for increased spending on health care, education, and other areas of social spending, the deficit hawks will likely be appearing frequently in major news outlets. Remember not to take them seriously.

Hartmann’s Related: https://bit.ly/2OhtIQc

CBPP Context: Automatic Reconciliation an Undesirable Part of Enzi-Whitehouse Budget
Process Bill Could Drive Harmful Budget Cuts, Unsound Economic Policy
https://tinyurl.com/wxz4n63

Enzi’s (R-WY) bill has 17 cosponsors. Four are Ds…
Whitehouse (D-RI), Kaine (D-VA), Coons (D-DE) & Warner (D-VA)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2765/cosponsors

Republicans Propose Automatic Cuts to Critical Programs – and Democrats Help Them
A bipartisan budget proposal would set up a reflexive process
to reduce spending above a projected threshold.
https://prospect.org/politics/republicans-propose-automatic-cuts-critical-programs/

Note: Three of the 4 (all but Whitehouse) voted to deregulate Wall Street. …

2018: Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street
(tended to be) Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists
https://theintercept.com/2018/11/10/dodd-frank-deregulation-midterms-2018/

Senate and House Votes
https://tinyurl.com/yckeked6
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll216.xml

France Announces Tough New Measures on Immigration
With municipal elections approaching, President Emmanuel Macron
hopes stricter stance will lure voters away from the far right.
https://t.co/y6i6h9jT31

Note: Like many EU leaders Macron is a neoliberal austerian. Poverty sends people into the far right’s arms. https://wapo.st/2KwnniH

Related: https://twitter.com/D_Blanchflower/status/1195706722452684806

Nancy Pelosi says a USMCA trade deal breakthrough could be ‘imminent’
https://cnb.cx/37gWqti

Petition: We urge you to delay a vote on a new NAFTA 2.0 until provisions giving Big Pharma
a monopoly on biologics, an important form of pharmaceutical, are removed — and provisions
on labor and the environment are strengthened.
https://act.demandprogress.org/sign/pharma-nafta/

ISDS (i.e. corporate court) was in the original draft…
More Information on Investor-State Dispute Settlement
https://www.citizen.org/article/more-information-on-investor-state-dispute-settlement/

Related: https://ourfuture.org/20160907/you-wont-believe-what-elizabeth-warren-said-about-tpp

Appears they’ve been modified but *not* removed…
Why does the measure disappear with Canada but not Mexico
https://bit.ly/2NT9E7I

Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries
https://t.co/mpmWUJ5GZj

The United States spent approximately twice as much as other high-income countries on medical care, yet utilization rates in the United States were largely similar to those in other nations. Prices of labor and goods, including pharmaceuticals, and administrative costs appeared to be the major drivers of the difference in overall cost between the United States and other high-income countries. As patients, physicians, policy makers, and legislators actively debate the future of the US health system, data such as these are needed to inform policy decisions.

White House Unveils Finalized Health Care Price Transparency Rule
https://khn.org/news/white-house-unveils-finalized-health-care-price-transparency-rule/

Thread
https://twitter.com/marshall_allen/status/1195392956489969665

CBPP: Accuracy of Medicaid Eligibility Determinations
Should Also Ensure That Eligible People Are Enrolled
https://tinyurl.com/yx78sl8d

A reminder that when Canadians were asked to name the greatest person in their entire country’s history, they voted for the dude who spearheaded their Medicare for All. https://t.co/Qa7FXBP5oy
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1195765597411217408

Related: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-birth-of-medicare
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1195769802410930176
https://twitter.com/Politics_Polls/status/1195376316880769028

The Medicare For All debate isnt a policy debate, because we know most other industrialized countries cover all their people & achieve better outcomes for lower costs.
The Medicare for All debate is a political debate between a grassroots “yes we can” & a moneyed “no we can’t.”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1195741114617040896

Note: It is a policy debate with respect to identifying the best transition strategy. But the candidates who’ve been misrepresenting M4A appear not to be interested in that debate.

See chart…
People often point out that other countries still have private insurance, which is true, but it’s remarkable what a marginal role private spending play, even in countries with multi-payer systems
https://twitter.com/jdcmedlock/status/1196136072842862593

Getting to German levels of public spending (often portrayed as a moderate alternative
to full single payer) would entail spending $1.5+ trillion more per year
https://twitter.com/jdcmedlock/status/1196136959543873537

Related: https://twitter.com/JohnCarltonKing/status/1196166240374599680

Even a Modest Co-Payment Can Cause People to Skip Drug Doses
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/upshot/drugs-cost-diabetes.html

Quick thoughts on medical co-pays: Drugs – no, Doctors visits – yes
https://t.co/58hGGYFRVL
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1193900661458358272

Good thoughts. Also we probably don’t overutilize meaningfully in US anyways
so the whole concern is overblown https://t.co/mpmWUJ5GZj
https://twitter.com/wh_10/status/1193944105040039936

Given that a person’s healthcare spending increases with age (and at a rapidly rising
pace), this chart, which notes that the over 65 pop of the US is the lowest of its peers,
suggests that age-adjusted spending in the US, & the trajectory going forward, are even
worse than assumed
https://twitter.com/danbrewster2000/status/1193964265536835584

This is a very important point, which is generally not noted. While we already spend twice
as much per person on our health care as the OECD average, on an age adjusted basis
we would be much worse, since many countries (e.g. Japan and Germany) have
considerably older populations
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1193978370804998144

See chart…
As countries get wealthier, air pollution at first gets worse, and then starts to decline (as support for pollution controls gain traction and more people have agency). Great figure from the Economist: https://t.co/duCAII0XIL
https://twitter.com/simondonner/status/1195808697299034112

Yet…
Air Pollution Increases Under Trump After 7-Year Decline
https://nym.ag/2Oh5nKo

2018: President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment is Affecting Communities
In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback
with little parallel in the past half-century
https://t.co/dajAenzo0E

Note: The GOP controlled everything during Trump’s first two years in office and together they did a whole lot of damage.

2017: 78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
https://tinyurl.com/ya3523z6

All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could lead to at least 80,000 extra deaths per decade and cause respiratory problems for more than one million people, according to a separate analysis conducted by researchers from Harvard. That number, however, is likely to be “a major underestimate of the global public health impact,” said Francesca Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Columbia Law School Climate Deregulation Tracker Actions
http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/climate-deregulation-tracker/all-updates/

Harvard’s Regulatory Rollback Tracker
https://tinyurl.com/yb4svpgg

The Republican Congress’s CRA deregulation…
GW’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Congressional Review Act Tracker
https://regulatorystudies.columbian.gwu.edu/congressional-review-act

‘Deregulation’ is a lie
Republicans aren’t reducing red tape, they’re weaponizing it.
https://t.co/KdyuhnSgV6

At a Time of Rising US Anti-Semitism,
Remembering the Nazis’ Night of Broken Glass is More Important than Ever
https://www.juancole.com/2019/11/semitism-remembering-important.html

Sanders Has Denounced (Bolivian) Coup,
But Biden, Warren, and Buttigieg So Far Silent on Overthrow of Bolivia’s Morales
https://t.co/lpG70e110c

Here is GDP per capita of Bolivia since 2000.
https://twitter.com/BrankoMilan/status/1193973727383429120

The Anez government in Bolivia has just emitted a decree exempting the military of any
legal responsibility for abuses committed during repression. License to kill.
https://twitter.com/milongasub/status/1195748779649064961

Thread on Bolivan coup backers’ actions
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1195548729211797504

Lots of US headline writers oddly avoiding the term “coup” to describe a country’s military
leaders forcing its president and Vice President to resign. https://bit.ly/2Oge4EK
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1193676169884901378

Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=7379fce4bb

Guess who WaPo blames for the backlash…
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1195461634963234817

As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=2f6aa18709

June: Glenn Greenwald on the Leaked Brazil Archive Exposing Operation Car Wash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCnSJ5yDv1g

Missed Opportunity to Recall a Day to ‘Perpetuate Peace’
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=cd89d13dc9

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies: FDD…
Excellent review of abuse of sanctions, from @defpriorities . Once used with our allies against outlaw regimes, we now use them against allies to bend them to our policies. This idea, popularize by FDD and other regime-change advocates, has failed. https://t.co/VAirOBQUnZ
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1194043258336358400

How International Sanctions on North Korea Harm Women & Prevent Humanitarian Aid
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/15/new_report_how_international_sanctions_on

Trump’s Debacle in the Desert: A Post Mortem on the Kurdish-American Military Alliance (1941-2019)
https://www.juancole.com/2019/11/american-military-alliance.html

The abandoned Kurds … threw vegetables at the retreating American convoys flying the Stars and Stripes. …

  Comment on yet another Trump Big Kurdish Lies…
https://twitter.com/nukestrat/status/1194799021887500289

Related: https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1194731267419455492
https://tinyurl.com/l7vwc5j

Israeli attacks: All the latest updates
Israel pounds Gaza for a second day in most violent assault in months
as UN envoy heads to Cairo for mediation talks.
https://tinyurl.com/wkhgq34

Israeli forces have killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in an air raid on his home in Gaza City, unleashing a new spiral of violence.

Shortly after the attack on Tuesday morning that killed Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife, salvos of rockets were launched from Palestinian groups in the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel.

In response to the rocket barrage, Israel launched dozens of air raids on Gaza. So far, 32 Palestinians have been killed in the bombardment, according to health officials and medics.

  In the past 48 hours,
Israelis killed: 0
Palestinians killed: 32
(Biden:) https://tinyurl.com/vepueco
https://twitter.com/livkittykat/status/1194815816400658433

Israel’s army admits killing 8 civilians from one family in an airstrike in #Gaza on
Wednesday, including 5 children. “We thought the house was empty” says the Army.
The family were sheep herders, not Islamic Jihad militants. https://t.co/HMitQeKEMV
https://twitter.com/BillNeelyNBC/status/1195288937289396225

Update…
Iran isn’t dashing toward a bomb – for now
https://t.co/tOxFmBIU5Z

Reckoning with the costs of war: It’s time to take responsibility
https://t.co/x2TUPI6yK8

The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion:
@CostsOfWar https://t.co/NLIBjkN1IP
https://twitter.com/commondreams/status/1194728422808969222

===2020 Watch List===
SANS: Britain’s Labour political party was the target of two back-to-back distributed denial-of-service attacks this week in what the party called a “sophisticated and large-scale” attempt to disrupt their operations.
https://tinyurl.com/ryq3ym6

Meanwhile…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1194253526672826368

This Private Equity Firm Now Runs A Political Action Committee
The Carlyle Group’s employees contributed $130,540 to its newly-formed PAC this year.
https://t.co/VpD3zVh9hc

Critique of NYT polling article…
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=e690d1b519

Related: https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13780

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
When MSNBC’s primetime pundits do cover Bernie Sanders, they cover him more negatively than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. An investigation by @BMarchetich https://t.co/xnrd7OLjUW
https://twitter.com/inthesetimesmag/status/1195015202049318913

Related: https://twitter.com/inthesetimesmag/status/1195034602517254145
https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/1195032358652653569

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Cory Booker… Feb 1st
When MSNBC’s primetime pundits do cover Bernie Sanders, they cover him more negatively than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. An investigation by @BMarchetich https://t.co/xnrd7OLjUW
https://twitter.com/inthesetimesmag/status/1195015202049318913

Related: https://twitter.com/inthesetimesmag/status/1195034602517254145
https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/1195032358652653569
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Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
My First Term Plan for Reducing Health Care Costs in America and Transitioning to Medicare for All
https://t.co/ZErB1evhnC

Warren’s Thread
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1195370937853661184

Baker: Elizabeth Warren Goes for the Big Bucks on Prescription Drugs
https://t.co/pIxQdMOhfL

Margot Sanger-Katz has a very useful Upshot piece on Elizabeth Warren’s transition plan for Medicare for All, highlighting steps that the president can take unilaterally. The piece mentioned that one of these proposals is to take advantage of current law, which allows the government to effectively end patent monopolies on drugs that it helped to develop.

This is a really huge deal since the vast majority of drugs do include a government research component. Ending a patent monopoly will typically reduce the price of a drug by 90 percent or more. Drugs are almost invariably cheap to manufacture and distribute. Without government granted patent monopolies, paying for prescription drugs would no longer be a major problem.

If the government were to go this route on a large scale, it would undoubtedly lead to a drop in research funded by the industry. Warren has proposed some additional public funding to make up a shortfall, although we are likely to need more than she has suggested.

However, a great advantage of publicly funded research is that it could all be fully open so that other researchers and clinicians would be able to benefit from it. Also, we would end the incentive to misrepresent the safety and effectiveness of drugs, substantially reducing the risk of another opioid-type crisis.

  .@ewarren’s transition plan reaffirms her commitment to the four-year transition plan
outlined in the Senate #MedicareForAll Bill. It lays out how she’d use exec & administrative
authority to take on for-profit insurers & begin providing relief to the American people on Day 1.
https://twitter.com/PramilaJayapal/status/1195438995972509696

Rest of Jayapal’s Thread
https://twitter.com/PramilaJayapal/status/1195439511288926208

Ends with…
.@ewarren’s transition plan is one smart approach to take on Big Pharma & private for-
profit insurance companies, & gets us to #MedicareForAll that covers everyone with
comprehensive care in four years.
https://twitter.com/PramilaJayapal/status/1195440977441427456

Ryan Grim appears to have overstated Jayapal’s commitment.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1195439745339449352

Note: Baker said Bernie’s transition approach would create inflation. Hear Warren out, wait for the economic analysis and Sanders’ response before jumping to conclusions.

I’m for the best transition strategy. Are you?
—–
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
Scientists have told us we must take action immediately to avoid climate catastrophe.
A Green New Deal is not “radical,” “unrealistic,” or “too expensive.”
It is what is absolutely necessary.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1195436039017574400

The future is radical.
Radical physical changes to our planet *or* deep political/ economic changes to avoid
those dire outcomes. Journos who have built careers cultivating “serious centrist”
personas will be the last ones able to grasp this. We have to work around them.
https://twitter.com/NaomiAKlein/status/1195453516959092736

Thread on NYT piece…
https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1195438818045943808

Related: https://grist.org/article/what-critics-of-bernie-sanders-climate-plan-are-missing/

In my first week as president, we will introduce Medicare for All legislation.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1195465297689530378

Sanders’ record…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRHnWdDBP4
—–
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Just listened to @JerryBrownGov interview @PeteButtigieg on nuclear policy and national security. Honestly? Mayor Pete sounded weak & vague on nuclear issues. He’s much more specific on climate change, with detailed plan. No nuke plan. https://t.co/jRxkSrDKH2
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1194755998491324417

Pete Buttigieg Touted Three Major Supporters of His Douglass Plan for Black America. They Were Alarmed When They Saw It. “It’s presumptuous to think you can come up with a plan for black America without hearing from black folk.”
https://theintercept.com/2019/11/15/pete-buttigieg-campaign-black-voters/

Related: https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1196092803815804930

Thread begins…
Pete Buttigieg was for single-payer, Medicare for All before he was against it. Here we go: https://t.co/Mnrg1UaWJt https://t.co/xcjKafHlUN
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194443851706097664

Response to above thread
This whole exchange is fascinating because Pete’s staff posted a transcript showing
he said exactly what his critics are saying he said, but dramatically decried the criticism
as “disinformation” and I guess hoped that… no one would read the transcript?
https://twitter.com/AJentleson/status/1194446255226793984

Oct: As He Attacks Medicare for All,
(Buttigieg) Gets Campaign Cash From Health Care Executives
Buttigieg’s recent transformation into explicit Medicare for All critic was accompanied by
continued donations from pharmaceutical and health insurance interests.
https://t.co/YKFYqms86Y

Not a single progressive union or org that is a leader in the fight for #MedicareForAll
encouraged politicians to endorse a vague “concept” of M4A in 2018. We specifically
encouraged supporting @SenSanders bill, and #HR676 (the precursor to #HR1384.)
https://twitter.com/miraseq/status/1194642515720314883

Pete Buttigieg’s Work at McKinsey Is A Secret
https://t.co/1C8pwti3Uz

…McKinsey is intensely secretive about what it actually does with its clients; Buttigieg
campaign says he’s asked the firm to release him from his NDA so he can talk about
what he did there.
https://twitter.com/tomgara/status/1195442053011951617

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey Faces Criminal Inquiry Over Bankruptcy Case Conduct
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/world/africa/mckinsey-south-africa-eskom.html

March: All About Pete
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/03/all-about-pete
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
As a senator from Delaware, Joe Biden cast key votes that deregulated the banking industry, made it harder for individuals to escape their credit card debts and student loans, and protected his state’s status as a corporate bankruptcy hub. https://t.co/Yba6i68wqw
https://twitter.com/MotherJones/status/1194020158249086977

It’s wild to recall how Hillary Clinton’s vote for the bankruptcy bill was a central part of Obama’s argument against her. Joe Biden was a much bigger architect of that bill than she was and it’s barely been discussed this election cycle. (video)
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1194986179386589184

Repeat for context…
Warren’s comment… (video)
https://twitter.com/AlxThomp/status/1192262169783607297

Biden’s response twists Warren’s words like a pretzal presumably to avoid responding
to her valid points. He played the (they’re) elitist, (he’s the) mature-candidate and
no-attacks cards after repeatedly lying about M4A
https://bit.ly/33vGPn7

Biden repeated this line of attack on the road…
https://twitter.com/AlxThomp/status/1191877515243065344
https://twitter.com/AlxThomp/status/1192199133911752705
https://twitter.com/AlxThomp/status/1192258292564803584
https://twitter.com/AlxThomp/status/1192259241857503233

The irony is that both Sanders and Warren seemed content to run positive campaigns
and not attack Biden or other moderates as shills or whatever, but the centrists went
on the offensive first.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1191904428867100672

Yes, there is an irony in Biden (a senator for 36 years & VP for 8 who flies in private jets,
stays in fancy hotels and fundraises off millionaires) to level the elitism attack at the
candidate fueled by small-dollar donors. Joe’s not so middle class https://t.co/B4ZqAoBVFc
https://twitter.com/MarcACaputo/status/1192106113514246144

See text graphic…
One thing missing in this story is that Joe Biden is part of a generation of Democrats
who thought that New Deal and Great Society liberalism had gone “too far.” Biden literally
accused his fellow Democrats of “intellectual snobbism” all the way back to the 1984
elections. https://t.co/SkfxbSpzv3

Biden on his liberalism
https://bit.ly/2K4oJ4a

All that is context for Biden continuing his attacks…
To my old friend Joe Biden: this elitist attack on Elizabeth Warren
is what Republicans have been saying about Democrats for 50 years.
https://twitter.com/ProgressiveLux/status/1195807388361732096

A response to Biden’s trust Republicans comment…
https://twitter.com/DebbieVee/status/1194085852709883904

===Ukraine===
Hunter Biden’s Ukraine gas firm pressed Obama administration
to end corruption allegations, memos show
https://tinyurl.com/y33gd6ft

Thread on NYT error / correction
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1195751523348860929

A Timeline Of Joe Biden’s Intervention Against The Prosecutor General Of Ukraine
https://tinyurl.com/vfwhrvt
—–
Andrew Yang… Nov, 2017
See charts…
Andrew Yang can you please just stop with the robot apocalypse scaremongering! It is a huge distraction from real problems. Time to re-up this snapshot https://t.co/ko6EBNIzfj updated charts …
https://twitter.com/hshierholz/status/1195314487773007872

Baker: Making Andrew Yang Smarter
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/making-andrew-yang-smarter

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195370288336105472
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195374020088123392
https://twitter.com/Gignere2/status/1195397415324409858
—–
Michael Bloomberg… ???
“I was wrong, and I am sorry.” At a black church in New York, Michael Bloomberg apologized for the “stop-and-frisk” policing he defended as mayor. https://t.co/GMNS7rF6jb
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1196104145633267714

Under Bloomberg, NYPD increased stop and frisk from 100,000 stops to nearly 700,000
stops per year. 90% of those impacted were people of color – overwhelmingly black and
brown men. Bloomberg personally has the money to begin paying reparations for this harm.
“Sorry” isn’t enough.
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1196104145633267714

2016 Brennan Center Fact Sheet
Statistically, no relationship between stop-and-frisk and crime seems apparent.
New York remains safer than it was 5, 10, or 25 years ago.
https://bit.ly/2qmiDp5

2018: In New York, Crime Falls Along With Police Stops
Police have radically cut back their use of stop-and-frisk policies.
To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again.
https://www.propublica.org/article/in-new-york-crime-falls-along-with-police-stops

===US Constitution Party===
Don Blankenship… November 11th
Former coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid
https://t.co/J1p7L1lsFP

Massey Energy’s Negligence Led to Mine Blast, Study Finds
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/us/20mine.html

Massey Energy Mine Cited for 1,300+ Safety Violations
in Years Leading up to Deadly Explosion
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/7/massey_energy_mine_cited_for_1

Massey Faked Reports Ahead of 2010 Fatal Mine Blast, U.S. Says
https://tinyurl.com/3z29pnh

Previously ran for WV US Senate…
Can the Most Hated Man in West Virginia Win?
Don Blankenship went to prison after the deaths of 29 of his miners.
For some Republicans, that’s the beginning of a successful Senate campaign.
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/03/26/west-virginia-senate-don-blankenship-2018-217703

===Republicans===
Mark Sanford…September 8th
@MarkSanford has ended his 2020 bid for U.S. president. https://t.co/6tVGAzJmuG
https://twitter.com/postandcourier/status/1194299671986016256
—–
Donald Trump
See referenced comment…
*Read the Transcript!*
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1194631755552026624

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194970779047223300
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1195130065023045632

Note: The President’s health is our business

See referenced comment…
Their lack of credibility and the ensuing not-knowing is not something you write around, it’s what you write: Trump taken to hospital in unscheduled visit; White House has no credible explanation; leaving legitimate concerns of a serious medical problem.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1196194568615665665

Trump’s Anti-Climate Agenda Bolsters his Ambitions for “Freedom Gas”
https://www.juancole.com/2019/11/agenda-bolsters-gas.html

Environmental Impacts of Natural Gas
https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/environmental-impacts-natural-gas

In its effort to sell the lease to the Trump Int’l Hotel in D.C., the Trump Org. put together an investor brochure. The hotel’s biggest selling point is the one thing the Trump family insists it didn’t take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments. https://t.co/WBAVFrdFI2
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1194970839843782658

Sen. Udall and three other senators asked the Trump Org. to answer questions “central to understanding Trump’s conflicts of interest with Turkey.” Udall now says the Trump Org. gave an “incomplete reply” that “fails to answer the major questions posed.” https://t.co/yvMOEXog5n
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1194978311669194753

Trump allies received hundreds of thousands of dollars under federal health contract
Campaign, White House veterans were among 40 PR consultants on a $2.25 million contract.
https://t.co/dIbvCJtfhg

Responding to comment…
Actually, the trade deficit is increasing and manufacturing employment hit a record low share of total employment last month
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195054039764832256

Prices of goods imported from China are down just 1.6 percent over the last year https://t.co/4g6CZJfjI7 Still doesn’t look like they are paying the tariffs
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195334530036486145

See comment…
This “highlight” is entirely false. Trump’s own Council of Economic Advisers noted in 2018 that the US had won 86% of the WTO cases it had brought since 1995, slightly above the global average. The US isn’t suddenly winning because the WTO is afraid of Trump pulling out.
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1194388384967544832

Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefitted Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations
https://bit.ly/2NVQhe8

Table on page 9: Number of Farms, Land in Farms, and Average Farm Size
States and United States: 2017-2018
https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/fnlo0419.pdf

Note: USDA chief Sonny Purdue used to be Georgia’s governor. GA received the most money yet doesn’t have the most farms, most land in farms or largest average farm size.

USDA to Issue Second Round of Trade Assistance; NFU Urges Solutions to Program’s Inequities
https://bit.ly/2r0QUtU

Government role in going after Gliead on Truvada is not what it seems. It wants to promote evergreen patents https://t.co/Oaioo4wUEr
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195014349259067398

#CPI health insurance costs jump 2.2 percent in October, up 20.1 percent over the last year. … https://t.co/1czNXsI0q2
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1194609858802094080

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1195052109261000707

That’s a stunning rise in health insurance costs under trump
https://twitter.com/beardedcrank/status/1194610524975222784

Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
President Trump has said that, politically, the best thing to do would be to let the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) “explode.” This timeline tracks Administration actions that would sabotage
the ACA by destabilizing private insurance markets or reversing the law’s historic gains
in health coverage.
https://www.cbpp.org/sabotage-watch-tracking-efforts-to-undermine-the-aca

Potential African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak…
Neglecting agricultural research leaves a livestock body count
https://tinyurl.com/tlg8o8c

Most of the U.S. agricultural sector is in dire straits from a lethal trifecta of “adverse weather, weak commodity prices and trade disruptions,” according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Farm bankruptcies are up 24 percent over last year. But pork production has been doing Ok – for now.

The real imperative – since a decade ago, when an ASF viral outbreak in Eastern Europe spiraled out of control – has been to find a way to prevent transmission or cure the infection before it spreads. Right now, we have no answers except to slaughter hundreds of millions of pigs. And finding the funding for such critical research needs has gotten harder and harder every year.

In 1940, the federal government channeled almost 40 percent of its entire investment in research and development to the agricultural sciences. Today, U.S. agricultural research funding represents less than 2 percent of the total, and farmers have to depend on geography – not science – to keep their livestock safe.

New EPA Rules Aim to Reduce Toxic Emissions. But Many “Cancer Alley” Chemical Plants Won’t Have to Change. The proposed rules reducing emissions across the country would not apply to many of Louisiana’s chemical plants. These facilities release tons of dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals like ethylene oxide, and more plants are on the way.
https://tinyurl.com/rvzw3rc

Thread: Today, a group of Veterans was forced to celebrate #VeteransDay in Mexico because our nation’s government deported them, forbidding them from setting foot in the nation they risked their lives to defend. https://t.co/Vmos8UEgg4
https://twitter.com/SenDuckworth/status/1194076724511825920

$2M in damages. Last week, a NY judge ordered President @realdonaldtrump to pay $2 million in damages, because the president misused a charity’s money to buy things for himself.
Read more here: https://t.co/iJIZ5GVA5e
https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1193916204995502080

…I wonder if #veterans know that the “fundraiser” he held for them in Jan 2016 was
actually a campaign event, and the proceeds went into his campaign bank account
He admitted it https://t.co/YuXS4BHsL2
https://twitter.com/TrumpZombieCult/status/1194083335368302595

The Republican National Committee will hold its winter meetings at Trump’s Doral golf course in Florida next year – awarding another of the party’s most lucrative events to Trump’s private business. https://t.co/XYHUi2QxSt
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1195121919047032832

The Trump Organization has agreed to pay $290,000 to the Scottish government, ending a multiyear legal battle in which Donald Trump tried and failed to block an offshore wind farm from being built in view of one of his Scottish golf courses. https://t.co/Sbzq2bQ2yV
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1194615905482936326

The search for a G-7 site started with 10 options. Secret service narrowed it down to 4. Then they were told to axe 2 and add a new finalist: @realdonaldtrump’s own Doral resort. https://t.co/0GCqi0gNhk
https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1195497234365845504

Margot Sanger-Katz has a very useful Upshot piece https://nyti.ms/35cHj1Y on Elizabeth Warren’s transition plan for Medicare for All, highlighting steps that the president can take unilaterally. The piece mentioned that one of these proposals is to take advantage of current law, which allows the government to effectively end patent monopolies on drugs that it helped to develop.

This is a really huge deal since the vast majority of drugs do include a government research component. Ending a patent monopoly will typically reduce the price of a drug by 90 percent or more. Drugs are almost invariably cheap to manufacture and distribute. Without government granted patent monopolies, paying for prescription drugs would no longer be a major problem.

If the government were to go this route on a large scale, it would undoubtedly lead to a drop in research funded by the industry. Warren has proposed some additional public funding to make up a shortfall, although we are likely to need more than she has suggested.

However, a great advantage of publicly funded research is that it could all be fully open so that other researchers and clinicians would be able to benefit from it. Also, we would end the incentive to misrepresent the safety and effectiveness of drugs, substantially reducing the risk of another opioid-type crisis.


Dean Baker in “Elizabeth Warren Goes for the Big Bucks on Prescription Drugs”
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/elizabeth-warren-goes-for-the-big-bucks-on-prescription-drugs

Warren’s M4A transition plan: https://t.co/ZErB1evhnC
Thread: https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1195370937853661184

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